7th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain

11 Apr 2022 to 13 Apr 2022

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Online Conference and Networking

Building on previously successful online conferences the IOR will be hosting this three day event online. With a mix of live talks, Q&A with speakers, hosted discussion meetings and one to one networking throughout.  In addition, you will be able to download conference papers in advance and listen to recordings of all sessions after the event until the end of 2022 

Programme available here 

The programme includes over 50 technical papers, keynotes presentations, coffee lounge discussions hosted by expert speakers, workshops and a virtual conference space where you can make contact with other delegates individually or in groups throughout the month of April.

Doors will be open to the online conference space from the 11th - 30th April. Delegates can use the space even after the conference has closed to meet and watch the conference presentations. From 1st May delegates will have access to an online library of presentations outside the conference platform. 

Delegates from the developing world and students will be able to attend this event at a reduced rate. 



The conference is a platform to share global expertise on the cold chain. Papers explore cold chain innovation, developments in refrigeration technology and design, and examine how a sustainable cold chain is being built in developing nations. We will focus on how refrigeration can and is addressing key UN sustainable development goals related to hunger, health, energy, education, economic growth, infrastructure, sustainable cities, responsible production (reducing food waste), climate action and partnerships.

Session themes:

  • Innovation in the cold chain
  • Retail refrigeration, technology development and design
  • Building a sustainable cold chain in developing nations

Topics include:

  • Storage, transportation and logistics
  • Modelling and predictive tools
  • Food quality, food safety, reducing food waste
  • Pharmaceutical cold chain
  • New technologies in design
  • Sustainability and reducing climate change in the whole sector
  • Innovations in energy supply, management and storage
  • Energy use, heat recovery and demand reduction
  • Sustainable and cost-effective refrigerant options
  • Renewable technologies and energy generation
  • Reducing the climate impact of refrigerants and refrigerant leakage throughout the cold chain
  • Carbon footprinting and reducing environmental impact


Who should attend?

End users, component manufacturers, senior representatives of engineering, marketing and product development, innovation leaders, professors, researchers, teachers, students, system and equipment designers, equipment and system buyers, professional engineers, production and operation managers, and policymakers.

Supporting organisations

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